Why does Reach only let my friends/party members talk to me?

  • Why does Reach only let my friends/party members talk to me? Ktash

    So, I often play Doubles in Reach, and when I do play, I always play with the same friend. When we're sitting in the pre-game lobby, none of the players (other than my friend) have a mic on my screen. However, my friend will be having conversations with the other people as we are sitting there, so they obviously do have mics, I just can't see/hear them. The usual culprit is a closed or moderate NAT, but I have an open NAT status. My second thought was maybe privacy or child settings (my account was, at one point in time, a child account), but looking into those I have voice chat on for all people.

    What could be causing me to not be able to hear any other people in matchmaking?

    Of note, on occasion I run into people who show a muted sign, but never anyone who has a mic symbol. Also, voice chat works correctly in other games (like Mass Effect 3), so I think it might be specific to Reach.

  • This is a problem with settings configuration. From the main menu, hit start, and go to Audio Video, then to Matchmaking Voice. Reach has two settings for this, Team and Player, and All Players. The default is All Players, but at some point it might have got changed, so setting it back to All Players should allow you to hear everyone, including opposing players.

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